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NEW!Sister Sharon Holthaus, OSB, 92, a Benedictine sister of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kans., died Saturday, August 23, 2014, at the monastery.  The vigil service will be Monday, August 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the monastery chapel, and the Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated there Tuesday, August 26, at 10:30 a.m.
Her obituary is posted here. 

S. Mary Fessler (pictured at the right) died at Mount St. Scholastica on Thursday evening, August 21. Her services are as follows:
Mass of the Resurrection: Monday, August 25, 10:30 a.m.
Both services will be in the Choir Chapel at Mount St. Scholastica.
Here obituary is posted here.

Recently, Sister Barbara Ann Mayer had the article, "Death Penalty Revisited," published on the Global Sisters Report. Read it here.

Some photos around the Mount during June and July 2014.


Silver Jubilarians 2014

Congratulations to our Silver Jubilarians:  Sisters Molly Brockwell, Oanh Pham, Bridget Dickason, and Susan Barber. Please join us in thanking God for their answering "yes" to God's call and their faithfully living this monastic life with us for 25 years. Pray, too, that they may continue to be faithful to their vows through all the days of their lives.
Press Release 
Sister Anne Shepard's reflection given at the Jubilee Eucharist on 13 July 2014


Congratulations to Judith Valente! Her book Atchison Blue won first place award in the spirituality category of the Catholic Press Association Book Awards. We are happy for you and honored that you chose to write about your experience with our community.

Judith Valente, broadcast journalist, poet and author, published a book about her experience with the Benedictine Sisters while writing the book "Atchison Blue" about contemporary monastic life and its applications for people in the work world.

View some photos around the Mount from late May and the first half of June 2014.

Sister Barbara McCracken recently had an article published in the National Catholic Reporter entitled "Something I can do."

Mount community welcomes six new oblates on May 3, 2014. 

Congratulations to Sister Judith Sutera who has just had a book published: The Vinedresser's Notebook: Spiritual Lessons in Pruning, Waiting, Harvesting & Abundance by Abingdon Press. Check it out here

Judith Valente, oblate of our community and author, had an article about Sister Lillian Harrington published in the Religion section of the Washington Post on 17 April 2014 entitled "Nun teaches secret to overcoming fear of death."

U.S. News and World Report names Dooley Center one of the best nursing homes in the U.S. for 2014! Read the report here.

Download and read the latest edition of Threshold Winter 2013.pdf

We thought you might like to hear this segment that Judith Valente did that aired 7 January (and will air again on 8 January) on the NPR affiliate, WGLT in central Illinois, talking about a resurgence of interest in monastic music and featuring selections from our CD (among others) and comments from Sister Susan Barber.

 Monastic SpringsSister Paula Howard’s story of the past 50 years of the history of Mount St. Scholastica is now available. Read more about it and find out how to purchase a copy.

Upcoming Monastic Experience

Monastic Experience is designed to introduce you to our life in community through a retreat that includes discussion on Benedictine prayer, ministry, monastic life and the history of our community. We welcome you to join us in prayer and at table, in work, in quiet and in social time.  Call or email Sister Barbara Smith for more information about upcoming monastic experiences.

All of the monastic experience days begin at 8:00 am - 7:30 pm and, if needed, arrangements can be made for overnight stays if traveling long distances.
Email: vocation at mountosb.orgor phone (913) 360-6219.


150th Anniversary

This past year we have celebrated the 150th anniversary of our founding. Read about our Sesquicentennial Celebrations here.

Recent Statements from the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses

Prevention of Gun Violence
On Immigration Reform 


Mount St. Scholastica


Sisters Mary Grosdidier and Mary Ann Fessler spend winter afternoons picking out pecans.

Having fun

Sisters Lou Whipple and Elaine Fischer take some children on a ride.

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